Alastor: Or, the Spirit of Solitude. Introductory Note. Nondum amabam, et amare amabam, quærebam quid amarem, amans amare. Confess. St. August. Alastor. Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude: Percy Bysshe Shelley: He also wrote Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude, a blank-verse poem, published with shorter poems in. Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude has ratings and 9 reviews. Bookdragon Sean said: Read these lines then tell me that I actually need to write a revi.

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I look forward to diving into Shelley’s works even more. His strong heart sunk and sickened with excess Of love.

Passively, he sits in the boat furiously being driven down the river by a smooth wave. Peacock has defined Alastor as “evil genius. However, it is a good sign that I have gotten such a lovely impression right off the bat. Books by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We should be utterly at a loss to convey any distinct idea of the plan or purpose of the poem. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Tereza rated it liked it Nov 25, Refresh and try again. It took me promptly thirty seconds to forget every line, they were so unmemorable.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Famous for his spirot with his contemporaries John Keats and Lord Byron, he was also married to novelist Mary Shelley. Christy M rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Views Read Edit View history.

As a first impression, “Alastor” is a beautifully written poem, albeit very difficult to understand as a story.

Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude | poem by Shelley |

Ruminating on thoughts of death as the possible next step beyond dream to the supernatural world he tasted, the Poet notices a small boat “little shallop” floating down a nearby river. Mary Shelley, in her note on the work, wrote: Read these lines then tell me that I actually need to write a review to go alongside this rating!

As the Poet wanders one night, he dreams of a “veiled maid”. EngvarB from September Use xpirit dates from September Apr 12, Stefano Ottolenghi rated it liked it Shelves: The English translation of the Latin is: Andria Caputo rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Soon, I’ll probably read it again and see what it’s actually about.

Shelley, “Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude” — Preface

MB rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Now blackness veiled his dizzy eyes, and night Involved and swallowed up the vision; sleep, Like a dark flood suspended in its course Rolled back its impulse on his vacant brain. The most convincing possibility is William Wordsworthsince the poem is framed with direct quotations from Wordsworth’s poetry, and Shelley had a deeply ambivalent reaction to Wordsworth’s alwstor, as witnessed in his sonnet “To Wordsworth.


As if it were intended to sound better, and did in the original language, and the translator is prioritizing the literal meaning of the original over style. Jun 27, Annie rated it it was ok. Like the water’s surface supports the boat, the supernatural world “cradles” the mutability both of nature and of man.

Alastor; or The Spirit of Solitude

Brandy Anderson rated it it was amazing Jun 24, Reviews were initially negative when Alastor was published in Carl Savich rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Shelley suffered from spasms and there were abscesses in his lungs.

The poem is lines long.

He lived, he died, he sung, in solitude. Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Feb 10, However, I agree for the most part- I am swept away by the color and depth of Shelley’s masterful words, but where is he taking me?